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Commuter News Items

Here’s a quick Wednesday roundup of some commuter news for you:

1) The highly-acclaimed Martin Olav Sabo Bike-Pedestrian Bridge in Minneapolis had some sort of structural cable failure…forcing the closure of the bridge to users. It’s unclear what sort of re-routing of bike/ped traffic is going on there…any MPLS readers care to enlighten us as to route alternatives?

2) The $14,000 Gucci/Bianchi “commuter bike” is getting a lot of press…billed as a “bike for the commuting one-percenters”, it smacks of wretched excess (and to my eyes, isn’t particularly attractive OR capable). Your thoughts?

3) Not to be outdone by Gucci, designer Phillipe Stark announced plans to build a 3000-strong fleet of bike-share bikes for the city of Bordeaux, France. Unlike the Gucci, I actually sort of like the look of the Stark machine…but have only seen renderings so far.

4) The city of New Orleans has gotten some more favorable press based on the Benchmarking Report we posted about a few weeks ago. NOLA has really upped their game to become a more bike-friendly city, and we applaud their efforts!

5) Are bike lanes really “green”? That’s the subject of an essay over at Smart Planet…focusing on the State of California and their exhaustive Environmental Quality Act, which requires extensive impact studies for any project that affects traffic moving through California’s streets.

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Ok, that’s enough for now…get to reading, and please share your comments and thoughts with us.

Two Wheels in the Big Easy

It used to be that New Orleans was notoriously bad for bicyclists…when I lived and visited there in the late 80s and early 90s, riding a bike was an exercise in danger and frustration…badly-maintained streets, no bicycle infrastructure to speak of, zany motorists and pedestrians everywhere. Oh, and don’t discount the “alcohol factor”…lots of folks on foot and behind the wheel soaking up NOLA’s legendary cocktails.

It seems the city has turned the corner, so to speak, with an influx of new bike lanes and lockup points and transportation/urban planners who are eager to make New Orleans much more friendly to those on two wheels. Since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans has quadrupled the amount of bike lanes and bike-friendly routes — that’s pretty huge! One of the masterminds behind this cycling “reawakening” is The Urban Conservancy’s 2011 Urban Hero, Jennifer Ruley. There’s a great article in the online edition of the New Orleans Times-Picayune about Ms. Ruley and her efforts to make the city safer for cyclists.

Another article that popped up in the newsfeeds recently is an editorial by Alex Gecan that appeared on the site. Gecan takes a humorous look at the many positives (and a couple of negatives) of negotiating the city via bicycle. Take a look at the editorial by clicking here.

Finally, if you follow some of the other sites on our blogroll, you may know that one half of the dynamic duo behind Bike Skirt now makes her home in New Orleans. Elisa’s got a lot of good things to say about the city…bike-friendly events and the joy of getting around NOLA on a bike. Pay those ladies a visit and catch up if you haven’t lately!